Brad King talks about how women benefit from the hormone testosterone, and not just men. Read on for frank discourse, and sound advice, about how women can get their groove back:
Most everyone is aware that testosterone puts the schwing back in a man’s thing, but few are aware of testosterone’s role in helping women to achieve a healthier sex life. Studies show that testosterone is the primary hormonal message behind a woman’s sex drive as well as men’s.[i],[ii] The truth is, following menopause, most women experience a less than adequate sex drive, commonly referred to as female sexual dysfunction, or FSD. This condition can often be due to lowered testosterone levels—especially lower levels of free testosterone (the most biologically active testosterone).
Most of your testosterone is bound to a special carrier protein called a sex hormone-binding globulin, or SHBG. It is only the “free” or unbound testosterone that can exert its wonders on your biochemistry.
Many doctors now prescribe testosterone treatment—along with other hormones (hormone replacement therapy or HRT, preferably as bioidentical hormones)—for women suffering from FSD, with great success. In fact, at least 20 percent of all testosterone prescriptions are written for women.
Swedish researchers recently published a study showing that testosterone gel given to postmenopausal women with low libido had positive effects on several aspects of sexual life such as frequency of sexual activity, orgasm, arousal, fantasies, and sexual interest.[iii]
Israeli researchers discovered that women suffering from loss of sexual desire may not have to consume testosterone on a regular basis in order to benefit from its powerful libido-enhancing effects. The study, which appeared in the Journal of Sexual Medicine in January 2007, showed that women who used a specially prepared testosterone gel experienced increased genital sensations and sexual lust three to four hours afterward.[iv] The researchers concluded that this may be a safer way to administer testosterone in women suffering from chronic low libido.
Raising Testosterone Levels the Natural Way
Now that you are a little more in touch with the importance of maintaining healthy testosterone levels regardless of age, following are a few more testosterone tips for women:
- Exercise—especially weight-bearing exercise. Regular exercise has been documented to increase free testosterone and maintain lean body mass.[v]
- Lose the fat—excess body fat may interfere with healthy testosterone levels.[vi]
- Reduce stress—stress enhances the hormone cortisol, which reduces testosterone.
- Try supplementing with Ultimate Libido, which contains a Southeast Asian herb called tongkat ali (Eurycoma longifolia). The Asian Congress of Sexology published a paper in 2002 touting the incredible aphrodisiac and testosterone-boosting powers of this amazing herb!
A healthy sex life is indicative of good health. The good news is that you now know it is possible to maintain a healthy supply of testosterone at any age.
[i] Travison TG, et al. The relationship between libido and testosterone levels in aging men. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2006 Jul;91(7):2509-13. Epub 2006 May 2.
[ii] Guay AT, Jacobson J. Decreased free testosterone and dehydroepiandrosterone-sulfate (DHEA-S) levels in women with decreased libido. J Sex Marital Ther. 2002;28 Suppl 1:129-42.
[iii] Nathorst-Boos J, et al. Treatment with percutanous testosterone gel in postmenopausal women with decreased libido–effects on sexuality and psychological general well-being. Maturitas. 2006 Jan 10;53(1):11-8.
[iv] Chudakov B, et al. Transdermal testosterone gel prn application for hypoactive sexual desire disorder in premenopausal women: a controlled pilot study of the effects on the arizona sexual experiences scale for females and sexual function questionnaire. J Sex Med. 2007 Jan;4(1):204-8.
[v] Vogel RB, et al. Increase of free and total testosterone during submaximal exercise in normal males. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 1985 Feb;17(1):119-23.
[vi] Rabijewski M, et al. The relationship between testosterone and dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate concentrations, insulin resistance and visceral obesity in elderly men. Endokrynol Pol. 2005 Nov-Dec;56(6):897-903.